(Single Lock Records) 13 tracks, digisleeve. I Be Trying may be the title of the new album by two-time GRAMMY-nominated Cedric Burnside, but it's also a mission statement at a time when many of us have discovered what "the blues" really means.
Recorded over three days at Royal Studios in Memphis (the home studio of Al Green and Hi Records in the 60s and 70s), this album is the ultimate statement from a critically acclaimed artist who has proudly carried the mantle of Mississippi Hill Country Blues around the world.
Across thirteen tracks, Burnside conveys his unadulterated but uninhibited truth with a flashing guitar and deep drums - a sound born in his soul but developed and perfected on the road. But no matter how far he travels, the righteous sound he makes can only come from one place.
I Be Trying is the sound of modern Mississippi. Produced by Boo Mitchell ("Uptown Funk"), a second-generation Memphis soul pioneer, and featuring guest appearances by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and Zac Cockrell (Brittany Howard), I Be Trying takes the sound Burnside learned from his grandfather, blues legend R.L. Burnside, and reinterprets it into a modern, bold Black American sound that expands the sonic landscape while respecting and honoring his roots.
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